July 30th, 2008
04:40 PM ET
15 years ago

Richardson to help Clinton retire campaign debt

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/30/art.richardson0730.gi.jpg caption="Sens. Obama and Clinton appeared with Gov. Richardson at a New Hampshire debate in January."]
(CNN) – Is Bill Richardson about to kiss and make up with the Clintons? It certainly looks that way.

The New Mexico governor announced Wednesday that he will host two fundraisers to help Sen. Hillary Clinton retire more than $20 million in outstanding campaign debt accumulated during her failed White House bid.

"Governor Richardson's efforts reinforce Senator Obama's commitment to unifying the Democratic Party and assisting Senator Clinton's effort to retire her campaign debt," Bill Burton, a spokesman for Barack Obama’s campaign, said in a statement released by Richardson.

Richardson, who served as secretary of energy in Bill Clinton’s administration, decided to endorse the Illinois senator, now the presumptive Democratic nominee. The move was viewed as an act of betrayal by some longtime supporters of the Clintons. CNN Political Analyst James Carville, who has long and deep ties to both Clintons, even likened Richardson’s endorsement to Judas’s betrayal of Christ.

In late April, Richardson responded to Carville’s criticisms by saying that Carville and other Clinton supporters believe they are a “dynasty” and that they were “clinging to the throne.”

WATCH: Carville, Richardson on Larry King Live

Since announcing his support for Obama, Richardson has made numerous television and campaign appearances on Obama’s behalf. He is also mentioned as a potential pick for vice president.

In the statement from Richardson, Clinton spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said, "Senator Clinton is grateful for Governor Richardson's and Senator Obama's efforts to assist with retiring her campaign debt and she is looking forward to continuing to campaign for Senator Obama and help ensure victory for Democrats throughout the country this fall."

Senator Clinton will attend both invitation-only events in New Mexico in mid-August.

soundoff (339 Responses)
  1. NHDeb46

    Kevin-NC...so why didn't Obama visit any wounded troops while in Germany rather than playing basketball?? Couldn't bring the cameras for the photo-op!! Not in his favor he doesn't do it. True colors coming through...Crap all over the soldiers and see how far that gets him in the polls!! And i'm one of the "typical-white" people that Nobama talks about. You think Hillary or McCain could have ever said "typical-black" people and gotten away with it like he did. CNN, MSNBC all the networks are in the tank for him!

    July 30, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. Ed

    Yeah right!!! It will eventually come from you and me. The Arizona taxpayer.

    July 30, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Mary

    Most all candidates end up with campaign debts, whether they win or lose. I just got an e-mail yesterday from the Joe Biden campaign asking for a donation to retire his debt. Those that do not realize this must be new to politics. Hillary's campaign debt is nothing new. She doesn't even have the biggest debt...look at what Mitt Romney had! At least those candidates with money will not suffer the effects as much as the candidates who are not so wealthy (however most politicians do seem to have plenty).

    I am suprised at Bill Richardson though, as he seems to be playing both ends for political gain. He must have realized he is not on Obama's short list, and decided to help Hillary in case she runs again in the future. Wow...what a guy.

    July 30, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. Dal CA

    Retiring the debt will help Hillary, but she should not have got in that bad spot in the first place at all. She knew in Beginning of May that she will not win the nomination yet she chose to be in the race. Why? Just in case Obama tripped up and she will be the nominee by default.
    I hope she learns the lesson for good.

    July 30, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. Bill

    For those who keep saying "Hillary supporters should pay" It is possible that some of us have already reached the limit of what we can contribute. You Hillary Haters really need to get a life. Follow your over inflated Obama until he self implodes. Why is it that the golden candidate cant crack the 50 percent mark?? All hype no substance, the dems blew it again.

    July 30, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. WoMaN4McCain

    Ok...there was this puma tard on faux news who said that they had already paid off her debt. Well, they are obviously big fat liars those puma tards. They need to pay off their loser queens debt and stop whining like little babies.

    July 30, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. RJ, CA

    Who cares!

    July 30, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. gary


    July 30, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. TerryDo--PumaPac-40+

    Once a Judas always a Judas and you will go down in political history

    as the Judas of the soon defunct democratic, which is corrupt, and

    which was very undemocratic in the primary election and which is

    known internationally as the party that does not count all citizens


    July 30, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. AK in LA

    They're all phonies, including Obama. More reason to sit this election out.

    July 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. TerryDo--PumaPac-40+

    Hillary Bankrupt!!! July 30th, 2008 4:51 pm ET

    That's Clinton leadership!!!!!

    Open Your Mouth!
    Lose The Race!
    Go In Debt!
    Expect Someone Else To Clean It Up!!!!!

    Obama Leadership
    Walk on Water
    Had Millions of dollars and still couldn't beat Clinton, nomination give to him via the super-delegates.
    Has Hundreds of millions of dollars and will lose to a septuagenarian who's party should not win
    Disappears back to the thugs from Chicago
    Expect AA to accuse America of being racist!!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. RJ, CA

    Maybe Judas will attend and give Richardson another 30 pieces of silver.

    July 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. Jeremiah Grant - Phoenix, AZ

    What a joke!! You don't see Mitt Romney whining all over the country – crying and pleading for people to please, please pay off his campaign debt.

    Hillary is pathetic. She still can't accept that she lost and still believes that someone else should pay the tab for her failure.

    I suppose, though, this is just the Democrat mind set to a T. "Don't worry if you make bad chocies, we can always make someone else pay the price for you so you don't have to deal with the consequences."

    July 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. richard

    Donate some of the silver pieces.

    July 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  15. Tennisguypitt

    Hopefully it will shut those PUMA idiots up.

    Obama '08

    July 30, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. LLMTruth

    A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square, said in part:

    "...A close second is Mr. McCain..." in reference to Sen Hilary Clinton.

    Apparently, Ms. Nigthingale is obviously oblivious to McCain's constant flip flopping, The blantant lies in his ads. His failure to admit that the Iraq war was a mistake and should have never have been fought. By his own admission knows absolutely nothing about the economy. His obvious lack of character. His inability to be truthful. And many many other aspects about McCain that don't sit too well with me. McCain a close second??? By what reasonning? What profound thought coming from this man that makes you draw that conclusion? That is not the statement from a very critical thinker, now is it.?

    I'll tell you what's wrong with Ms Nightingale, she apparently has underlying reasons for not wanting to vote for Barack Obama. The standard good-ole-boy reasons. Imagine, here we are in the 21st century and are still with the bigotry of the 19th century. That to me is absolutely incredible. I guess it will take the second advent of Christ before there is a change of heart in this country. How pathetic is that. We as a people have progressed very little in our attitudes since the 1800's. FTLOG, what in world is wrong with people?

    Ms Nightingale should be ashamed of herself for this archaic way of thinking. Thanks! I guess what little progress that has been achieved during the civil rights era was just an act. The true and real heart of most people in this country have surfaced in this election.

    That Is most unfortunate, most unfortunate......

    July 30, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Scott L

    Why does Obama have his people speak for him? At least McCain says things himself...

    Hilarious...this amateur is going to get slaughtered in the debates and will stutter his way back to Chicago. Maybe then he will finally do some real work. Useless empty suit.

    July 30, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. Carolyn

    Governor Richardson had every right to support who he wanted to. This is nothing but politics.

    July 30, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. aware

    Forget it Brutus! Go back to your rock!

    This former Democrat will vote for McCain 08! 🙂

    July 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. Gary H

    The childishness of some people is rediculous. I agree with what some other peole here are saying. If Hillary is your candidate support her. Obama has recieved the vast majority of his funds from small donations. I am an Obama supporter but I sent $50 to the Clinton campaign, why don't you. Talk is cheap, especially blather from Berkley. Put your money where your mouth is and you won't need help from Richardson. I thought most Democrats had more sense.

    July 30, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. pete

    Bill Richardson is not a "Judas" or a "traitor." He was loyal to Bill during the impeachment trial. Hell–that was enough water to carry! He probably selected Obama out of fear that Bill might screw up again!

    July 30, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  22. REA


    July 30, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. Willow, from Iowa

    HRC won't want to take all of this good fresh money and put it on what she owes in the primaries. She will want to use it in 2012 for her senatorial campaign. She's been asking everybody if she can manage all of their donations for 2012. So she is basically taking money from the campaign in the primaries. She is going to owe more money this way. I hope she got a loan to pay off her vendors. Because those people probably need that money a whole lot more than she does.

    July 30, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. susie

    Don't trust Richardson, after doing the fundraisers he probably will go back on his word and give the money to Obama.

    July 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. Susan

    I'd tell him to stick his money where the sun don't shine – if I were Hillary. He's such a brown-noser it makes me sick. I used to admire him as an effective politician – until this spring – when he became a talking head schmoozing Obama on any network that would have him. He should have stuck with the Clintons, who got him any notoriety that he has. Guilt money, probably.

    July 30, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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